Gympie Karate Club Sensei Noel Turner and Sensei Minako Yamazaki go through their paces during one of the seven seminars.
Gympie Karate Club Sensei Noel Turner and Sensei Minako Yamazaki go through their paces during one of the seven seminars. Contributed

Karate expert holds classes

GYMPIE Karate Academy members have attended a special seminar hosted by one of the world's most accomplished instructors.

Late last month, Sensei Minako Yamazaki, an elite instructor from the United States of America, conducted seminars in Gympie and Bundaberg.

Gympie karate pupils from white through to black belts took full advantage of the opportunity, impressing Gympie Karate Club's Sensei Noel Turner.

“Sensei Minako Yamazaki, a fifth dan black belt, travelled from Los Angeles,” he said.

“Sensei Minako has her own Dojo in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and also helps her father Sensei Kiyoshi Yamazaki, an eight dan black belt.”

Together, the father and daughter team have travelled the world hosting seminars to help the sport flourish.

Sensei Turner said Minako's father was well known in Hollywood.

“He is known for instructing famous Hollywood actors, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger on movie sets,” he said.

“Sensei Kiyoshi's expertise is of the highest standard in martial arts and he is respected worldwide.”

Sensei Minako's various seminars were extremely well received as she engaged in her pupils in a supportive atmosphere.

The seminars covered aspects of Karate including basic drills, Bo Kata, kumit drills and advanced kata.

In total, seven seminars were held over four days in a huge boost for the sport in Gympie and Bundaberg.

Gympie Times


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